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Billy Sunday

William Ashley Sunday (Parson or The Evangelist)

Position: Outfielder
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 160 lb.

Born: November 9, 1862 in Ames, IA (All Transactions)
Debut: May 22, 1883 (Age 20.194, 635th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1884 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Alleghenys/WhiteStockings/Phillies 1883-1890

Last Game: October 4, 1890 (Age 27.329)
Died: November 6, 1935 in Chicago, IL
Buried: Forest Home Cemetery, Forest Park, IL
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Standard Batting

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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1883 20 CHC NL 14 55 54 6 13 4 0 0 5 1 18 .241 .255 .315 .569 66 17 O
1884 21 CHC NL 43 180 176 25 39 4 1 4 28 4 36 .222 .239 .324 .563 71 57 O
1885 22 CHC NL 46 184 172 36 44 3 3 2 20 12 33 .256 .304 .343 .647 98 59 O
1886 23 CHC NL 28 110 103 16 25 2 2 0 6 10 7 26 .243 .291 .301 .592 71 31 O
1887 24 CHC NL 50 221 199 41 58 6 6 3 32 34 21 20 .291 .362 .427 .789 107 85 1 O
1888 25 PIT NL 120 519 505 69 119 14 3 0 15 71 12 36 .236 .256 .275 .532 75 139 2 *O
1889 26 PIT NL 81 352 321 62 77 10 6 2 25 47 27 33 .240 .307 .327 .634 85 105 4 O
1890 27 TOT NL 117 534 477 84 123 12 3 1 39 84 50 27 .258 .337 .302 .639 93 144 7 *O/1
1890 27 PIT NL 86 395 358 58 92 9 2 1 33 56 32 20 .257 .327 .302 .628 92 108 5 O/1
1890 27 PHI NL 31 139 119 26 31 3 1 0 6 28 18 7 .261 .367 .303 .669 93 36 2 O
8 Yrs 499 2155 2007 339 498 55 24 12 170 246 134 229 .248 .300 .317 .617 86 637 14
162 Game Avg. 162 700 652 110 162 18 8 4 55 44 74 .248 .300 .317 .617 86 207
CHC (5 yrs) 181 750 704 124 179 19 12 9 91 44 45 133 .254 .300 .354 .654 88 249 1
PIT (3 yrs) 287 1266 1184 189 288 33 11 3 73 174 71 89 .243 .292 .297 .590 83 352 11
PHI (1 yr) 31 139 119 26 31 3 1 0 6 28 18 7 .261 .367 .303 .669 93 36 2

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1883 20 CHC NL 14 55 -4 0 0 -2 -1 -7 -0.6 2 -5 -0.4 .456 .496 -0.2 -0.3 -3 O
1884 21 CHC NL 43 180 -8 0 0 -5 -3 -16 -1.5 6 -10 -0.9 .466 .491 -0.4 -0.8 -5 O
1885 22 CHC NL 46 184 -3 0 0 -2 -3 -8 -0.8 6 -1 -0.1 .484 .496 0.2 -0.5 1 O
1886 23 CHC NL 28 110 -5 1 0 4 -2 -2 -0.2 4 2 0.2 .493 .499 -0.2 0.2 -2 O
1887 24 CHC NL 50 221 1 2 0 -4 -3 -4 -0.5 8 3 0.3 .493 .498 0.7 -0.7 7 O
1888 25 PIT NL 120 519 -10 4 0 8 -7 -4 -0.6 17 13 1.3 .496 .497 0.6 0.1 5 $1,800 *O
1889 26 PIT NL 81 352 -5 4 0 8 -5 2 0.0 12 14 1.2 .502 .501 0.7 0.2 6 O
1890 27 PIT NL 86 395 1 4 0 -2 -5 -2 -0.3 13 11 1.0 .498 .499 1.3 -0.7 13 O/1
1890 27 PHI NL 31 139 0 2 0 0 -2 1 -0.0 5 5 0.5 .502 .500 0.5 -0.2 5 O
8 Seasons 499 2155 -33 17 0 5 -29 -40 -4.5 72 32 3.0 .493 .498 3.2 -2.6 27 $1,800
CHC (5 yrs) 181 750 -19 3 0 -9 -11 -36 -3.7 26 -11 -1.0 .481 .496 0.1 -2.0 -2
PIT (3 yrs) 287 1266 -14 12 0 14 -16 -4 -0.9 42 38 3.5 .498 .499 2.6 -0.4 24 $1,800
PHI (1 yr) 31 139 0 2 0 0 -2 1 -0.0 5 5 0.5 .502 .500 0.5 -0.2 5

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1885 22 CHC NL WS STL T 0 24 22 5 6 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 .273 .333 .364 .697 8 0
1 WS 0 24 22 5 6 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 .273 .333 .364 .697 8 0

Standard Pitching

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Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1890 27 PIT NL 0 0 inf 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 8
1 Yr 0 0 inf 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 8
162 Game Avg. 0 0 inf 68 0 0 0 0 0 0 136 136 136 0 0 0 0 0 0 136 8
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1890 27 PIT NL 0.0 1 0 2 92.0 1.0 0.0
1 Season 0.0 1 0 2 0.0

Standard Fielding

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Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG G Awards
1883 CHC NL 20 OF 14 17 10 1 6 0 .647 0.79 .849 1.96 1-0-13
1884 CHC NL 21 OF 43 80 45 8 27 1 .663 1.23 .867 1.79 0-9-34
1885 CHC NL 22 OF 46 63 46 6 11 2 .825 1.13 .881 1.85 1-4-43
1886 CHC NL 23 OF 28 58 50 3 5 0 .914 1.89 .890 1.75 1-0-27
1887 CHC NL 24 OF 50 107 78 4 25 2 .766 1.64 .883 1.97 2-23-25
1888 PIT NL 25 OF 120 345 297 27 21 5 .939 2.70 .906 1.91 1-117-3
1889 PIT NL 26 OF 81 184 157 17 10 2 .946 2.15 .910 2.00 1-0-80
1890 TOT NL 27 OF 117 311 250 30 31 11 .900 2.39 .914 1.91 0-82-35
1890 PIT NL 27 OF 86 231 181 23 27 9 .883 2.37 .914 1.91 0-51-35
1890 PIT NL 27 P 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.20
1890 PHI NL 27 OF 31 80 69 7 4 2 .950 2.45 .914 1.91 0-31-0
8 Seasons OF 499 1165 933 96 136 23 .883 2.06 .901 1.91 7-235-260
1 Season P 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.20
8 Seasons TOT 500 0.0 1165 933 96 136 23 .883 2.06 .901 1.91 7-235-260
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1888 NL  71 (3rd)
1889 NL  47 (8th)
1890 NL  84 (3rd)
Career  246 (237th)

Putouts as OF s c a p y
1888 NL  297 (1st)

Assists as OF s c a p y
1888 NL  27 (3rd)
1890 NL  30 (2nd)

Errors Committed as OF s c a p y
1890 NL  31 (3rd)
Career  136 (98th)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1888 NL  5 (5th)
1890 NL  11 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as OF s c a p y
1888 NL  2.70 (1st)
1890 NL  2.39 (3rd)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1888 NL  .939 (3rd)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 6 (1732), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 4 (2434), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Right Field (316th), 3.0 career WAR/3.9 7yr-peak WAR/3.5 JAWS
Average HOF RF (out of 24) = 73.2 career WAR/42.9 7yr-peak WAR/58.1 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1888 25 Pittsburgh Alleghenys $1,800 ? 1/28/88 TSN
Career to date (may be incomplete)$1,800
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

Name + "Statistics" Translations



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German: Billy Sunday Statistik
Polish: Billy Sunday Statystyki

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Name and misspellings: Parson William The The Parson Evangelist Billy billie Ashley Sunday

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